I picked up five hens yesterday (Sunday) morning. They are probably about a year old, and came from a flock of about 40 hens.
Brought them home and set them up in our coop with attached run. They all spent some time in the run, and roosted in the coop overnight (though I had to help a couple get fully into the coop - they tried roosting at the top of the gangplank that goes up to the hole in the floor of the coop).
I went to work today and my husband was home. He went out around noon and encouraged them to leave the coop for the run, as they hadn't come out on their own yet. He said they all came out, spent a few minutes outside and then back in the coop they went. A couple came out for about 30 minutes in the afternoon, then everybody went back in the coop.
Their food and water are in the run - do I need to worry about them eating/drinking enough? There isn't really much room in the coop for food/water, but I can make something work if I need to. Or should I just stick it out and let them figure things out?
I plan on letting them free range, but thought keeping them closed in the run for the first few days was a good idea? So they know where "home" is now?
Basically, should I be worried? Or just give them some space to figure out their new living situation?
Edited by JadziaDax - 11/23/15 at 6:53pm